"Death in the afternoon"

Painting cycle from Willi Diete to the novel by Ernest Hemingway

The golden age of bullfighting.


Death in the Afternoon is a non-fiction book written by Ernest Hemingway about the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting, published in 1932. The book provides a look at the history and what Hemingway considers of the magnificence of bullfighting. It also contains a deeper contemplation on the nature of fear and courage.

The contemporary art by Willi Diete is a tribute to the golden age of the last century, because the bullfighting has already become a legend. Contemporary Art, placed in a historical context to Hemingway‘s novel.

The descriptions of Ernest Hemingway about the game with death, the toreros as artists, dancers and heroes, whose fame and the possible ways of dying are implemented pictorially by the modern integration of Hemingway quotes and make guesses open. Not least because Hemingway‘s novel captured the myth bullfighting, communicated it around the world and submitted the historical culture of the Spaniards to the present. Contemporary seen shows the cycle the lost culture and tradition in the today‘s fast-paced, digital age.

The work of Willi Diete documented a myth which is over but survived.